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Randy Adams walked into Dominican hospital with a headache—no one knew it would be the last time he’d be able to walk at all.
Medical marijuana has gotten a bad rap in Northern California, and perhaps for good reason. Dispensary logos typically feature a red cross backlit by a neon pot leaf, with maybe the image of a wheelchair and the word “compassion” squeezed in somewhere; meanwhile, a “nudge-nudge, wink-wink” atmosphere pervades many a dispensary waiting area, filled as they are with a high number of male “patients” between the ages of 18 and 40 who are there to be treated for “back pain” and “insomnia,” their prescriptions written by doctors who advertise in the classifieds and on billboards. It’s not surprising that the boundary between recreational and medicinal cannabis can sometimes seem as hazy as the interior of a reggae dance hall.
Over the past decade, in Santa Cruz and nationwide, the use of opiates has skyrocketed—and so have deaths resulting from opiate overdoses. While some of the increase can be attributed to the much-publicized resurgence of heroin use, it results primarily from a flood of prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin.
I catch sight of Heather Nagel’s red hair first, ablaze in the noontime sun as she stands on the sidewalk and waves. She leads me up the stairs of an apartment building tucked away off Center Street and into Aushadi Santa Cruz, the first non-profit Ayurvedic clinic in town.
Many in Santa Cruz County assume that Santa Cruz is more health conscious and more physically fit than the southern part of the county. According to the results from a recent survey commissioned by the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, they’re right.